Sunday, September 18, 2016

Decision Time

September so far...hmmmm, mostly off to a pretty challenging start.
I have been a hot mess really.
My motivation is so beat up. I was able to get out of work on time a few days, but I don't even feel like getting on my bike.


I held on pretty well for three months of hot, but a fourth month of it? I got nothing...


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Parched Seven 7.76 mi 1:22:37
Cool Down 0.11 mi 0:05:48
Warm Up/Leg Lifts 0:20:26
Upper Body 0:36:01
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Quiet Seven 7.30 mi 1:19:44
Cool Down  0.10 mi 0:03:00
Circuit and Stretch 0:55:03
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Decision Day 10.01 mi 2:04:30
My Walk of Shame
3.22 mi 1:03:45

Last week was one thing after another...

My recovery from my half last weekend wasn't easy. The pain and tenderness is increasing in my feet, it put me in a funk, I missed my mileage goals this week and last.

My phone service was on the blink all last week and I even had IG issues, nothing would load for a few days.  - WTH? Technology is pain when it doesn't  work.

Tuesday I walked out the door and realized my handheld was inside. My house key is in my hand held so I was locked out.  My hubby (who wasn't home) got me in the house and I only lost a few minutes.
I got to work just barely, with wet hair and my comb snapped. Very sad, I've had the crazy comb for years and I've yet to find one that will hold my hair as well when I twist it up, and I looked crappy all day!

Tada! genius...that's me locked out LOL 


Then I got a bad stomach bug. I can't even tell you how awful it was. I wish I wouldn't have had dinner on the 15th...I sure didn't digest any of it.  Pains in my legs, and violent heaving, BUT after everything was out of system I did feel better, just weak. I think I had food poisoning, but who knows??
This bug broke my work out streak. Several years ago, I made a life goal to work out at least four times a week. The last time I didn't meet that goal was in 2013 when I had an allergic reaction to the flu shot. I will start fresh this week trying to hit four workouts each week again for life :)

I tried to go out for a really easy paced run Sunday.
Haze the entire run. It was so hot,  I was so thankful it wasn't sunny.

Look my sprinklers were off - I couldn't get a dip :( 


My body was not feeling strong enough to endure the elements. I stopped running as soon as I felt fatigued. I had a three mile walk home.
Mother Nature has not been kind.
When I started walking, Megan sent me a funny snap chat which snapped me out of teary mode and Kristina, thank you for talking me off my ledge. I am trying to not make a hasty decision, but all signs are saying I need to give this mission up, as much as I don't want to.
Running and trying to not cry, it is a sign, right. 
I am upset with these failing feet, they aren't holding up to the longer runs week after week.  I do not want to damage my feet more and not be able to run a few times a week. I need my morning runs.

What I do love from this past week.
  • A flash of what could it could be like if it would stop being  70+ degrees every run. 
  • It reminded me I don't want to be out injured when it is finally nice out. 
  • It is dark and peaceful in the mornings, the moon and stars look amazing on my morning runs. 
  • I am getting a new pair of orthotics. 
  • Megan trying to teach me snapchat - I was quite challenged lol I am karenrunsva if you dare lol  I warn ya, I am a little slow. 
  • My Cat From Hell may be a new obsession
I am linking up with my awesome running gal pals for the Weekly Wrap

Join in with Holly @ hohoruns and Tricia@ MissSippiPiddlin  

What does this upcoming week hold? I have zero plans for now, but I do know I don't need another funk like last week!
Ever have weeks that just won't quit?
What do you have going on this week? 

38 comments:

  1. Sorry sorry you weren't feeling well last week. I can totally relate to not wanting to do damage to your body further but still not wanting to give up what you love. Hopefully your mind and your body can come up with a happy compromise!

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    1. Thank you, I guess that will be my new mission, trying to find balance.

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  2. It has to get better. Sounds like you hit rock bottom this past week. Ugh to food poisoning. I've had it and even though it's been about 10 years, I still can't forget it.

    Hang in there. You've got this.

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    1. It was a very a unpleasant experience. Maybe I should have just sat on tush Sunday, but I felt like I needed to try to salvage the week lol

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  3. Hold the phone...if I'm doing the math right, you ran 3 times for 25 miles during a week you had food poisoning? Give yourself some credit, my friend. I'm so glad I ran Saturday morning because this morning would have been impossible. The haze and humidity were the worst I've seen. And you ran 10 miles in it! 10 miles! I understand not wanting to damage your feet (you know my history). But, you are stronger than you think, both mentally and physically. And I do think there is a happy medium somewhere -- a place where you and your feet can exist in peace. ;) Thanks for linking, Karen.

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    1. I had two runs done and then I got the bout of sickness that hit all night Thursday and Friday most of the day. Ugh. Not bad mileage for 3 runs but still not what I need.
      Someone said today that Saturday was lovely lol It was nice and I missed it! I was still feeling weak on Sat.
      I thought I was fairly strong but Mother Nature has kicked my tush, I am no match. ha! I'll be searching for my happy place.

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  4. Bugh. Sounds like the week from hell. And of course the weather just won't quit either. Don't make any decisions until things even out a little. Since so much hit the fan this week, things are bound to improve. I'm such a dunce on snapchat I can't even find you. Ha!

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    1. I can't find you either! i just looked. LOL I am still trying to figure most of it out.
      I am trying to chill this week and let my feet calm down and see where I land.

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  5. I wish I could hug you through the screen...sorry for the lousy week. But, It sounds like you still got some mileage spanked, yes? I can't remember what your mileage has been over the summer (I know you've been rehabbing the feet), maybe just easing up and doing shorter runs for awhile, and interspersing just an occasional long run (every other weekend? or every third?). Maybe a coach could give you some guidance? Most of us have injuries, or we're desperately trying to prevent them. Very few peeps are injury-free, but many are in denial. Chin UP!

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    1. Awww, thanks Kim :) I could use a hug today! This weeks mileage wasn't bad, but not enough to keep me on track for my November marathon. I have been building my mileage pretty steady, but it seems my feet aren't healthy enough to hold 2-3 hour long runs too close together. I wish this was an injury that would heal up, I have been trying to balance my wishes and how much I can handle. I think how much I can handle just won out.

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  6. Sorry you had such a rough week. Once you decide to back off, that stress will be gone at least. I've had some frustrating technology issues lately - nothing major but while it lasts it's all I can think about!

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    1. Thanks Coco, I was thinking that earlier. If I just make the decision I can't run the race it will relieve a lot of stress. Then, i just have to work through the failure.
      My phone made me nuts last week, I felt so cut off. I couldn't take it.

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  7. Aw I am glad I snapped ya at just the right time. I agree, if you are crying during a run Something is wrong. It wasn't until I cried during a Hanson run that I was like oKay this is not right. Not my plan. Not my time. If you are flirting with scrapping the race remind yourself that it just means you are not doing it now. Doesn't mean it won't happen in the fut u re. And I knowwweeee you need ur runs. I have a feeling running happy a couple days a week is more important than this race.

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    1. It was right on time! Laughter is always the best medicine :) It really meant a lot to me because I know I whine.
      I had the urge to cry last week too during the half right at the end, it just isn't feeling fun. I will chill this week and see how i feel.
      I do need some happy runs LOL some coooool ones please.
      I have some real personal issues about this race which seems whacky, but now I am thinking I need to let it go.
      We should both be asleep! I am having a hard time sleeping. Good night Megan :)

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    2. I wish we could all come out and support you if you do this race!!!! Where is it??

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    3. Here in Richmond. It is a huge event. I wish you could come too! I'd make you run next to me lol

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  8. I was in such a funk last week. Seriously. Someone asked me at work how I was and I practically cried. I started my weekly wrap on Friday, and it was all about my funk. On Sunday, I wrote my weekly wrap, forgetting I had started one on Friday. In the wrap I posted, my funk doesn't come across at all. I had completely forgotten about it. I only remembered how bad it was when I rediscovered my draft post. It happens. Stay focused on the positive and don't beat yourself up.

    Cool weather is coming soon !

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    1. Sometimes we just get into funks and have funks. Life just kind of tosses stuff sometimes too when you aren't looking. I have been in a funk I am trying to dig out of since Sept. started.
      I have a few drafts last week too. I usually try to opt for some truth but not too many details lol I hope cool weather is coming!
      It is good to hear your carb program is going well :)

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  9. Karen, I am so glad you were able to find the positives in the week from hell. And I am so sorry you are struggling so with your runs. It isn't fair.

    My issues are so different, but believe me, my life has been such hell this month it isn't even funny. Not this last time at my parents, but the time before, I couldn't find my car keys when I was getting set to leave. Then I found out I didn't have my house keys when I got home (luckily I didn't need them). Then I lost one of our phones and had absolutely no clue where the heck it was, other than I thought it was downstairs.

    Usually I can at least recall where I last used it; this time I had no freakin' clue. :(

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    1. I can not even tell how bad my memory is these days. I forget things all the time, I really do wonder if it is just being scattered brained or if it how things begin to dim out in your mind... your title was perfect! Aging is not sir sissies.

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  10. Keep your chin up, Karen! I am so so sorry things are not going as planned for you. That just really stinks. I hope you can figure out what your heart is telling you and follow that--heart decisions don't lead us astray.

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    1. I knew it wouldn't be easy and I tried to to keep myself open to not doing something if I didn't feel good, but as usual the real issue is...I just want to do, what I want do to. I am working on it :)

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  11. Ugh, that sounds like a horrible week with one bad thing after another :( I'm impressed you pushed through as well as you did. Recovering from food poisoning can really take a lot out of you. Don't be too hard on yourself about that run :) I love watching my cat from hell too. It makes me feel better about my cats!

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    1. hahaah, I know right! although I do have a crazy cat, I could probably use some meds for that one LOL

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  12. I'm sorry to hear you had such a tough week. I hope you're feeling much better now! I haven't gone anywhere near SnapChat...I'm only 30 but I feel like I'm too old to try to figure out how to use it, lol!

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    1. Thanks! Much better.
      LOL I am way too old to be trying to figure it out!!

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  13. Stomach bugs freak me out. Glad you survived it. They can wreck havoc on your body for awhile.

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    1. This was a doooooozy! It freaked me out for sure. I think about weird things, like what would someone do back in the day without all the comforts of cool running water right there to rinse my face from the sweats and indoor plumbing and aloe infused TP...ugh, I can't imagine.

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  14. Karen,

    I believe you are so much stronger than you give yourself credit for! You hurt, but you still run! you still get it done! You are amazing!

    I'm sorry your hair clip broke, that is the worst! I once snapped my hair tie when I was out for a long run, and I had really long hair at the time, I had to run to the car to get another hair tie!

    cooler weather is almost here! hang in there!

    just added you on the snapy

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    1. Thank you! I run because it still makes me feel better even if I hurt. Ugh, the day I can't run at all with be tough.
      That happened to me last week. My pony tail holder snapped on a run when I tried to tighten it! my hair was all over the place for an hour run. LOL It is the worst.
      This is sad but I still don't see you on Snap lol I will get it eventually ...maybe.

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  15. What a crap week. I would be super frustrated too! I hope this week is better! And that your feet tell you what decision to make.

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    1. Thanks Kim :) This is week is off to a very lazy start! and I am still having crazy thoughts about the upcoming race discussion we had.

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  16. Girl, sounds like we had similar weeks...mine fell apart at the seams mid-week too. Glad you are feeling better though. Maybe this heat and humidity will break soon...it better or we all may break!

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    1. I will be so thankful when the heat lets go!!! I am really at my limit with it.

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  17. Oh no, that stomach bug sounds truly awful. Did the pain in your legs travel down from the stomach? I can't imagine how bad that must have been! Thank goodness it's over!

    I am so excited to know that you are on snapchat! I love snapping :) Be prepared for lots of them coming your way tomorrow, hahaha!

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    1. Okay! I am waiting for the snappies :)
      my legs just felt like they were on fire. I had stabbing pains all in my knees and calf area. It almost felt like any area that was a little overworked was burning. I guess that is dehydration..idk, really. They burned like that until I could eat and drink Saturday. Thank goodness it went though me quick!

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  18. Hey lets throw last week out the door and have a glass of wine huh?
    Seriously, after all that and you are still sane, you go girl!! Oh and the fact that your even of Snapchat is one up on me! Hang in there chick!

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    1. Ha! Yes to wine :) I am glad we will get a chance to do actually do that together soon!

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